Taking Gothic Architecture last winter inspired my interest in the Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James). I can see myself walking the path with camera in hand documenting the journey… courting peace with every earned step.
I am fascinated by the thousands who find themselves willing to invest time, money and spirit into the adventure each year and I’ve been inspired to at least contemplate the journey.
A great film I recently saw that used the El Camino as a backdrop was The Way directed by Emilio Estevez. I LOVED this film.
But pilgrimages are not specific to northern Spain. They are everywhere!
Last weekend I witnessed loads of people exit the bus on their pilgrimage to locations around music city. Call me sentimental for my ole town, but I have to say I got a tear in my eye. A few years back I worked the backroom of World Famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and met countless people who came to town to see for themselves where some of Country Music’s Legends hung out, in fact I have witnessed today’s country music stars come in to soak up some of the history.
I’ve got to admit, it is kind of cool to have been a part of someone’s pilgrimage here. Some people come every year and for others it is a one time event that they have been planning for a long time. And now, as a visitor it’s fun to come back and pay a little attention to my own journey.
I guess it is easy to take a city you live in or have lived in for granted, but during our visit we visited a few old haunts, paid respect to a few legends and felt proud of how far Nashville has come in healing itself after the devastating flood.
Where do you want to go? What do you want to see? I encourage you to go on your own pilgrimage and touch what inspires you.